Yeah, I was looking at that again, studying it.First, a bowline knot, which is what that is, would NEVER hold for a hanging - by its very nature, a bowline is designed to come undone easily. (USCG flashback...);)I don't know for sure that that's his soul, I just assume. Does anyone else have any thoughts?I also like the way the devil is genuflecting on his left knee. You know, in the Catholic Church, we genuflect on our LEFT knee to our superiors - bishops, cardinals, the Pope.I think at this moment the devil is showing a twisted respect and admiration and gratitude for Judas' treachery. I dunno...
Also, the "soul" or whatever it is has its arms outstretched as it exits Judas' body and willingly goes into the mouth of the devil.Perhaps a way of conveying that when our souls go to the devil, it's a conscious choice, not something that's forced.
I'm pretty sure that's Judas' soul. And while it looks like it's going somewhat willingly, it also looks a bit scared. Nice note on the genuflection(and knot :-P )
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